by Max Brantley
Holtz, 79, is a sought-after motivational speaker who sparked controversy after endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and describing immigration as an “invasion” and saying that immigrants needed to assimilate better.Holtz's departure as Arkansas football coach followed his campaigning in North Carolina for U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. He'd undoubtedly be forgiven today. Perhaps some intrepid sports reporters can get some pithy quotes from Holtz next week. A good question would be how he feels about Trump going wobbly on the invaders.
“I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team,” Holtz said at a luncheon during the Republican National Convention in July. Holtz later said that he wished he hadn’t made the comment.
Holtz stood by other comments stating immigrants should be “coming to America to become us,” according to news reports.